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Jean Eddy Saint Paul

Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College

Jean Eddy Saint Paul is a Haitian American sociologist, professor, scholar, and public intellectual who currently serves as a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY,) where he served as the founding director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute. An expert in social theory, political sociology, and sociology of religion, professor Saint Paul has also been active in a number of intellectual fields, including political theory, sociology of citizenship, sociology of law, and Latin American studies. He is a thorough figure in the interdisciplinary field of Haitian studies, and has greatly contributed to a better understanding of Haitian society through the lens of historical sociology of politics, as well as the U.S. foreign relations towards the Caribbean nation. He has been interviewed, referenced or quoted in dozen of local, national and international media outlets including The Conversation US, The Conversation UK, Britannica, National Public Radio (NPR,) PBS (WUCF-TV) Global Perspectives, Vox, America News, TV Globo, The Stream-Al Jazeera, The New York Times, CBSNews, Yahoo News; Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen, MarketWatch, Los Angeles Times, Gothamist, The City, RTVI Новости in Russia, FxNews24UK, Brooklyn Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The New Humanitarian, Truthout, La Crónica (Mexico), and The Scholars' Circle. His scholarship has been published and republished under Creative Commons license by Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (GJIA), Britannica, The University of Auckland in New Zealand, The George Washington University, Brill, Rowman & Littlefield, Maison des sciences de l'homme, Karthala, L'harmattan, El Colegio de Mexico, Presses de l'Université d'État d'Haïti, and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC).
Professor Jean Eddy Saint Paul earned a PhD in Sociology from El Colegio de México. His ample publishing history includes books, books' chapters, and articles dealing with civil society, political sociology of the Haitian state and ruling class, Haitian studies from a decolonial perspective, the intersection between politics and religion, and the historical foreign relations between the United States and Haiti.
Before becoming a Professor at the City University of New York, and the founding director of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute, Dr. Saint Paul was a tenured professor of politics at the School of Law and Politics at the Universidad de Guanajuato, in Mexico, where he co-founded the Ph.D. Program in Law, Politics & Government, the Master's Program in Political Analysis, & the B.A. Program in Political Science. He has also worked as a member of the National system of research in Mexico, a 'visiting professor' at the select Paris institute of political studies, commonly called Sciences Po., and a visiting professor at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and American Studies at the University of Virginia. He has lectured for many academic institutions including Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Fairfield University, Bridgewater State University, West Virginia University, Mesa Community College, City University of New York, New York Public Library, Universidad de Valladolid, Universidad de Valencia, Universidad de Chile, SciencesPo, Université de Montréal, Université de Genève, and Université de Montpellier.


  • –present
    Founding Director of the Haitian Studies Institute at the City University of New York, Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College


Inducted as a Haitian Roundtable 1804 as a Haitian American Changemaker for outstanding achievement in Education